Ballet Teacher and Choreographer Andrea Dawn Shelley speaks about her choice of music and the meaning behind her choice of movement and choreography for “The C Project.”
“Through a distinct movement vocabulary inspired by those who battle with the Hep C virus, I chose to try and emulate the Hep C virus coursing through ones veins and infecting its victim; one of the major vital organs, the kidneys. A particular set of dancers are representative of those who carry the virus, another grouping represent the viral strand and one, lone dancer and his allegiance are symbolic of the cure. By choosing music by Etta James who had long battled with addictions, poor health and the Hep C virus, I was looking to achieve a deeper connectivity to the work. Somberly, Ms. James eventually succumbed to her many additional health issues at a relatively young age. Nevertheless, her infamous ballad, “At Last” really struck a chord with me. These specific, silky words provided me with further inspiration in that, “At Last” on a positive note, they have found a cure. Ultimately, I desire for the audience to experience a bit of contained chaos and struggle (similar to that of the human body playing host to this aggressive virus) and in the end, perseverance.”
– Andrea Dawn Shelley
The C Project is a collaboration between Festival Ballet Providence, RI Defeats Hepatitis C and WaterFire Providence, the program aims to bring awareness to the Hepatitis C virus, which affects 1 in 30 baby-boomers, many of whom don’t even know they are infected.
The free outdoor performance will take place at the Waterplace Park amphitheater, shortly after sunset at 8:11pm on Saturday, July 26.
ANDREA DAWN SHELLEY born in Miami, Florida received her classical ballet training from Magda G. Auñon and holds a BA in Dance Education from Florida International University. Andrea began her professional career with Southern Ballet Theatre and has since danced as a principal artist with Maximum Dance Company, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and State Street Ballet. Ms. Shelley currently dances as a principal artist and is the Co-Founding Associate Artistic Director of iMEE Dance Company. As a choreographer, Shelley has created original and commissioned works for Ballet Florida, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, State Street Ballet, E.magine Dance Ensemble, O Dance, Ad Deum Dance Company, The Dance Gallery Festival, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Island Moving Co. and iMEE, which have been presented in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Rhode Island & Italy. She has received numerous awards for her choreography; including the commissioning of a new work for The Dance Gallery Festival’s, Level UP in New York City, the nomination as a “Finalist” in the 15th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA, awarded the Gold Medal for an ensemble work at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL. Ms. Shelley has had the honor of serving as an annual preliminary panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, youngArts program in Choreography, Ballet and Modern for the past five, consecutive years. She is also currently on staff as an Adjunct Dance Professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. “iMEE is one of the best dance companies to perform in town this season (and that’s a very high compliment indeed), and gave those present a stunning multi-media show that both dazzled the eye and massaged the
cerebrum. It felt really good.”-Daniel Kepl, Santa Barbara News-Press.